Independent Members

Independent Members

Independent Co-Optee, Tony Crowhurst

Tony Crowhurst

Tony and his wife have lived in Cwmbran for over 35 years. Following his degree in mathematics, Tony became a Chartered Surveyor only resigning from the RICS recently after 41 years. During this time he practiced initially as a quantity surveyor before developing his career by taking on roles as a software developer for building surveyors, a quality assurance officer, the office manager of an architects department, an asset manager and, most recently, an access auditor. He has worked in local authorities in London, Coventry and Gwent.

For the last 10 years he has worked primarily in a volunteering capacity with the Disability Advice Project as their access auditor and finance officer and has been on the Board of housing associations for the last 16 years, initially with Eastern Valley and latterly with Melin Homes.

Independent Board Member, Tony Deakin

Tony Deakin - Vice Chair

Tony has over 20 years’ experience of working in social housing, both as an Executive Director and Board Member with a number of different organisations.  He has been since September 2008 an executive director at Cartrefi Conwy – a stock transfer Housing Association based in North Wales.

As Group Director of Resources for Cartrefi Conwy his main areas of responsibility include Business Planning, Financial Management, Governance, Human Resources, Insurance and Information Computer Technology. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and is a member of the Institute’s Housing Panel.  He is also a Member of the Gwynedd Pension Board.


Pictured: Lynette Glover, MHA's Independent Board Member



Lynnette Glover

Lynnette is the Head of Housing for Wales and West Housing Association (WWH), and her career in housing spans over 27 years.

Lynnette is responsible for leading the housing service and is a member of WWH's Senior Management Team and has extensive experience of strategic planning and the coordination and implementation of corporate priorities. Lynnette is also passionate about delivering excellent customer service.  Lynnette has a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing and is a Full Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Being a practitioner in Housing, Lynnette is well versed with the demands which MHA will be facing now and into the future and will bring a wealth of housing knowledge and experience to the MHA Board.  


Picture of Andy Jones 

Andy Jones - Chair

Andy took the opportunity to retire from Barclays Bank PLC in June 2014 after more than 38 years' service. Andy’s last 13 years with Barclays were spent funding Housing Associations throughout Wales and the South West (with Barclays being one of the biggest funders in the sector).  He looked after over 30 clients and a lending book in excess of £1bn.

Andy joined Santander in September 2014 working as a Relationship Director covering Education, Healthcare and Communities throughout Wales.

Andy was recently a Board Member at First Choice Housing Association and resigned in September 2014 after 10 years involvement including two terms as Vice Chair and three years as Chair of the association.

“I am looking forward to working with a dynamic and progressive organisation making a real difference in their area of operation.”

Andy was originally from Abertillery and is married with two grown up children and now lives in Penarth.  Andy’s interests include DIY, most sports (particularly squash) and walking.

Independent Board Member, Reg Kilpatrick

Reg Kilpatrick

Reg began his career with British Airways as an aircraft engineer before studying for a degree in Behavioural Sciences.  On graduating, he joined the Welsh Office as a statistician where he worked in a range of statistical posts. 

He spent a number of years managing the NHS budget and health authority allocations before moving to Culture, Welsh Language and Sport policy, sponsoring the National Museum of Wales and securing political and financial approval from the National Assembly to the Wales Millennium Centre.

After a short spell in Economic Policy Department sponsoring the WDA, he headed up the Assembly Government Financial Planning Division. After five years, he moved into Local Government Policy Division where he led policy on local authorities, including their structures, boundaries and constitutions; elections; local government ethics; and corporate performance management and improvement. 

In May 2011 he became Director of Local Government and Public Services department where he is responsible for the local government funding regime and allocations; corporate support and improvement for councils; and the Government’s general reform programme.  In addition he has oversight of policy and strategic direction of the fire service; emergency planning and civil contingencies, counter extremism strategies and community safety. 


Independent Board Member, Colin Lewis

Colin Lewis

Colin was born in in Trethomas, and went to Bedwas Comprehensive School. He studied sciences at university, obtaining a Joint Honours Degree in Chemistry and Biology, and a Masters in Chemistry. He is a Member of the Association of Project Management.   Colin was Head of Business Change at Principality Building Society for 8 years.  He left to set up the not for profit Tirion Group. Tirion Group has been created to deliver affordable homes, supported by the Welsh Government and Principality Building Society utilising a novel funding model. 

Colin lives in Monmouth with his school teacher wife, and sometimes one or both of his grown up children. He is an active member of Monmouth Rowing Club, regularly taking part in races both in the U.K. and further afield.


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